South Dakota down ballot state executive elections, 2014

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South Dakota Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

South Dakota State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
GovernorLt. GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney General
Down Ballot
Treasurer, Auditor, Commissioner of School and Public Lands, Public Utility Commissioner

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Four down ballot state executive positions are up for election in the state of South Dakota in 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014.

South Dakota is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. Registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters may vote in the Democratic primary. Only registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary.[1]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Treasurer Richard Sattgast
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2011 Yes[2]
State Auditor Steve Barnett
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2011 Yes[2]
Public Utilities Commission Gary Hanson
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2002 Yes[3]
Commissioner of School and Public Lands Vernon L. Larson
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2013 No[4]

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
March 25 Filing deadline for political party candidates
April 29 Filing deadline for independent candidates
June 3 Primary election
November 4 General election

Note: In South Dakota, nominees for statewide executive offices other than Governor are selected at party conventions and do not necessarily follow the filing schedule given above.


Current incumbent

Republican Party Richard Sattgast - running for re-election[2]

General election candidates


The official duties of the South Dakota treasurer are outlined in Chapter 1-10, Section 1 of the South Dakota Codified Laws:

  • have charge of and safely keep all public moneys which shall be paid into the state treasury
  • pay out the same as directed by law
  • perform such other duties as are required of him by law[5]


Current incumbent

Republican Party Steve Barnett - running unopposed for re-election[2]


The auditor is an independent officeholder who serves as a watchdog, scrutinizing the manner in which state tax dollars are being spent.

Public Utilities Commission

Current incumbent

Republican Party Gary Hanson - running for re-election[2]

General election candidates


The commission regulates utility companies, helps to resolve disputes between customers and their utilities, operates safety programs, and licenses and inspects state public grain warehouses and grain buyers.

Commissioner of School and Public Lands

Current incumbent

Republican Party Vernon L. Larson - not running

General election candidates



The South Dakota Commissioner of School and Public Lands is responsible for the leasing and sale of surface and mineral rights on state lands, including lands originally designated for public education. The revenue from these sales and leases are put into the Permanent Trust Fund for educational funding in South Dakota, and this fund is further managed by the commissioner's office.[8]

See also